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Player Information
Name:
张宁
Romanized Name:
Zhang Ning
Birth:
January 11, 1989 (1989-01-11) (age 32)
Country:
Status:
Active
Team:
Nicknames:
Director 8
Role(s):
Signature Hero:
Doom Nature's Prophet Beastmaster
Approx. Total Earnings:
$1,883,832
Links
History
2011-08-02 — 2011-08-09
2011-08-09 — 2014-02-19
2014-02-23 — 2014-07-29
2014-12-31 — 2015-03-08
2015-03-08 — 2016-09-17
2016-09-17 — 2017-01-03
2017-01-10 — 2018-01-02
2018-01-02 — 2018-05-??
2018-05-25 — 2020-09-16
EHOME (Coach)
2020-09-16 — Present
PSG.LGD (Coach)

Zhang "xiao8" Ning is a Chinese professional Dota 2 player who is currently coaching PSG.LGD.

Biography[edit]

Xiao8 begun his professional career in September 2010 playing in Dream alongside Yao, DD, Li and SJQ.[1]

Dota 2[edit]

In early 2011 Xiao8 joined Catastrophic Cruel Memories along with Zhou, Ferrari 430 and ddc. After some success Xiao8 and his teammates moved to Invictus Gaming in a $6 million deal.[2] However the team failed to perform in The International 2011, and following a defeat to Tyloo at the World Cyber Games 2011 Xiao8 and ddc moved to LGD Gaming.[3] In LGD Gaming Xiao8 played the offlane prior to and during The International 2012, but afterwards played the solo mid role, up until his departure from the team.[4]

Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a "Chinese Dream Team",[5] and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD,[6] joining KingJ, ZSMJ, and Mu. Xiao8 would start off in the support role, until ZSMJ and KingJ were replaced by Banana and Sansheng, delegating the offlane to Xiao8. This team would go on to win The International 2014, despite almost being eliminated in the group stages. On July 29th, Xiao8 announced his break from professional play on his Weibo.[7]

Trivia[edit]

  • He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available.[8]
  • Xiao8 married Chinese model Jie Zhao after meeting her on a Chinese game show,[9] after initially failing to woo any of the women on the show he re-appeared in a later episode and secured a date. The two officially announced their divorce after being separated for an extended period.[10]

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2021-09-10AA1stA0Tier 1OGA Dota PIT InvitationalOGA Dota PIT InvitationalPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 1Team SpiritTeam Spirit$114,500
2021-08-29BA2ndA0Tier 1ESL One Fall 2021ESL One Fall 2021PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD2 : 3Tundra EsportsTundra Esports$85,000
2021-08-16AA1stA1Tier 2OGA Dota PIT Season 5: ChinaOGA Dota PIT Season 5: ChinaPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 0ElephantElephant$62,500
2016-08-13IC9 - 12thA0Tier 1The International 2016The International 2016PSG.LGDLGD GamingLGD Gaming0 : 2Digital ChaosDigital Chaos$311,557
2016-06-12DA4thA0Tier 1The Manila Major 2016The Manila Major 2016PSG.LGDLGD GamingLGD Gaming0 : 2Team LiquidTeam Liquid$255,000
2015-08-08CA3rdA0Tier 1The International 2015The International 2015PSG.LGDLGD GamingLGD Gaming0 : 2Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses$2,211,554
2015-02-09DA4thA0Tier 1Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015Dota 2 Asia ChampionshipsDota 2 Asia Championships 2015Big GodBig GodBig God1 : 2Team SecretTeam Secret$214,026
2014-09-28BA2ndA0Tier 1i-League Season 1i-League Season 1Old BoysOld BoysOld Boys0 : 3Vici GamingVici Gaming$62,331
2014-07-21AA1stA0Tier 1The International 2014The International 2014NewbeeNewbeeNewbee3 : 1Vici GamingVici Gaming$5,025,029
2012-09-02CA3rdA0Tier 1The International 2012The International 2012PSG.LGDLGD GamingLGD Gaming1 : 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming$150,000
Complete list of results in any tournament
DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2021-10-17BA2ndA0Tier 1The International 2021The International 2021PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD2 : 3Team SpiritTeam Spirit$5,202,400
2021-06-13AA1stA0Tier 1WePlay AniMajorWePlay AniMajorPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 0Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses$200,000
2021-05-23BA2ndA1Tier 2Dota Pro Circuit 2021: S2 - China Upper DivisionDota Pro Circuit 2021: S2 - China Upper DivisionPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD5/-/2Grp S.$28,000
2021-04-04CA3rdA0Tier 1ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD1 : 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming$75,000
2021-03-14DA4thA1Tier 2Dota Pro Circuit 2021: S1 - China Upper DivisionDota Pro Circuit 2021: S1 - China Upper DivisionPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD4/-/3Grp S.$26,000
2020-10-03AA1stA1Tier 2China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 0EHOMEEHOME$40,000
2019-11-24IC9 - 12thA0Tier 1MDL Chengdu MajorMDL Chengdu MajorEHOMEEHOMEEHOME0 : 2Team LiquidTeam Liquid$25,000
2019-01-27EA5 - 6thA0Tier 1The Chongqing MajorThe Chongqing MajorEHOMEEHOMEEHOME0 : 2Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses$60,000
2019-01-13AA1stA1Tier 2The Bucharest MinorThe Bucharest MinorEHOMEEHOMEEHOME3 : 1Gambit EsportsGambit Esports$125,000
2018-10-03AA1stA2Tier 3World Electronic Sports Games 2018 China FinalsWorld Electronic Sports Games 2018 China FinalsEHOMEEHOMEEHOME2 : 0Team AsterTeam Aster$11,661
Complete list of coaching results in any tournament

Gallery[edit]

Interviews[edit]

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